GJRA Board Members
President: Carissa McIlwain Nelson
Vice President: Don Hanson ~ Taconite
Secretary: Barb Gibeau ~ LaPrairie
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Treasurer: Dwight Kessler ~ Trout Lake Twp.
Other Board Members
Bob Lawson ~ Bovey
Dan Strand ~ Calumet
George Delich ~ Coleraine
Tasha Connelly ~ Grand Rapids
Todd Akkanen ~ Greenway Twp.
Casey Venema ~ Lawrence Twp.
Dan Andrews ~ Marble
Brian Ekholm ~ Nashwauk Twp.
Director ~ Pat Guyer
Assistant ~ Rock Troumbly
Sports Complex ~ Wrap Up
- All the advertising signs, dust & wind breakers, and batting cages have been stored for the season.
Programs ~ Sign Up
Flag football sign up is in process; practices begin on September 12.
Figure Skating sign up is Monday September 19, from 4:40 - 6:30 pm.
Hockey sign up is online via GAHA
Business ~ A New Fiscal Year
- New officers were elected for the new fiscal year. Carissa Nelson is the president, and Don Hanson, the vice-president.
- The budget was adopted; a $3500 increase to $482,800.
- The levy will be certified for the 2023 tax year at $350,000.
- Consultation with Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) is in process for help finding funds for the projects previously reported.
JUNE & JULY 2022
Fastpitch 14U team are Champions! (photo above)
Little Titans (so named as Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin schools have combined their programs) held their tournament and the Lightning team won over the Orioles.
Summer Hockey Camp and Summer Ice Skating Camp (held the last three weeks in June) were successful.
- Spent $3600 to replace the zamboni's battery charger; it had stopped working during Summer Hockey Camp.
- Need an upgraded compressor & cooling tower: a storm knocked out the electricity and the current system was under-powered to maintain the summer ice.
- Re-painted all the white bleachers; the green bleachers will be done next month.
- Hired for Concessions: Jody Hron (new) to be co-worker with Molly Stolp.
- Approved a request by the Civil Air Patrol to use the grounds on September 16-18 for a regional rescue training camp.
- Applying (in process) for matching funds from both IRRRB and Blandin Foundation to fund the parking lot project, replacement of the arena's flat roof portion, and an upgrade to the compressor & cooling tower.
- Renewed the contract with ISD #316 at the same fee.
- Designated a budget committee in preparation for the new fiscal year; election of officers is in August.
- T-Ball and Squirts registrations are in process of organization and communication to players/families.
Little Titans (so named as Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin schools have combined their programs) will have 5 teams and will be playing in a league composed of Deer River (2 teams), Remer-Hill City (1 team), and Grand Rapids (3 teams) for a total of 11 teams.
Fastpitch registrations are in process of organizion and communication to players/families. It looks like Greenway teams will be two 10U, one 12U, one 14U and one 16-18U.
Ice will return in the arena in prep for Hockey Camp and Ice Figure Skating that will begin on June 13, and continue to the end of the month. See Hockey Camp brochure. See Summer Skating flier.
A sound system has been purchased with funds from the Greenway Area Community Fund, and installed to broadcast from the concession building.
Installation of a flagpole by the Windorski monument is in process; hoping for completion this year.
Miles Wilcowski was hired for grounds maintenance.
There is an open position to co-manage the concession stand with Molly Stolp because Katie Justison has resigned.
- The tax-forfeited county property east of the arena has been purchased by the City of Coleraine to be leased for usage to GJRA. The legal steps are still in process, and thereafter, the project to develop green space for flag football, and an expanded parking lot will proceed.
- Installed two No Overnight Parking signs as requested by the city.
Don Hanson, from Taconite, is in the former position of Director William 'Cotton' Guyer, who died April 25, 2022.
In-person registration for summer ball programs will be May 3-4. Notices and forms will be updated and distributed in the schools and online.
Nets are up in arena for indoor ball practice.
Dates for summer ice programs are June 13 through July 1.
The east side of the arena property needs clarification on the legal boundary; work in process with the City of Coleraine. The plan for the east side is greeen space for flag football - no parking in that area except for winter months. Work continues on the arena's expanded parking lot where the former ball field was.
Accepted the bid from Ryan Troumbly for the truck as advertised; $4100.
- The annual figure skating show was successful with great volunteers and good attendance.
- The ice is out, and batting cages are up in the arena, for highschool baseball and fastpitch practice.
- Scheduling for summer ball programs will be done prior to the end of the month.
- Approved publishing request for sealed bids on the truck.
- Confirmed acquiring a wired sound system for the Jen Guyer Field for under $3000.
- Renewed a 5 year contract with Pepsi for concession and vending machine products.
- Basketball, hockey, and figure skating seasons are winding down; the ice goes out on March 20.
- Baseball programs are reorganizing as Greenway and Nashwauk high school teams are combining; planning is in process.
Greenway Sports Complex: Ideally, this will be the year to acquire a sound system; initiative in process.
Business: No business was conducted as there was not a quorum; bad weather the cause.
- Basketball: both the boys and girls teams, have been competing in the Northwoods Tournaments; see their schedules and locations here: https://northwoodstournaments.com/
- Hockey: Several tournaments have been hosted at the arena as planned [see their list here: https://www.gahamn.org/tournaments ] plus, GJRA and GAHA will be co-hosting the Girls' 12 UA Region Tournament March 4-6. *Note that the photo below is from the facebook page of Lighting Grand Rapids-Greenway Girls Hockey
- Figure Skating: The EISFC board has expressed satisfaction for the season and are on track with show preparations; the Annual Show is March 19-20.
- Plow Truck: unfortunately the truck didn't make it through the winter as hoped; a used 3/4 T truck, with a plow, was found and afforded by adding the expense to an existing loan.
- Repairs: the doors on the locker rooms, and the west side exit doors, need to be fixed or replaced.
The 2021 annual financial review, as mandated in the joint powers agreement, will be conducted by Glorvigen, Tierney, Lind & Co, PLLP in April.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, 2021 (Combined Report)
- Lobby Carpet - A huge thank you goes out to Jill and Dustin Hammer of Contract Tile & Floor for making the new carpet in the lobby possible!
- Parking Lot - The north fence of the ball field was removed enabling an expanded area to plow for parking.
- Concession Stand - Katie Justison and Molly Stolp were hired as managers; they quickly learned the worked required to successfully supply and run the kitchen for food sales.
- Winter Part-time Employees - Gary Gustason and Doug Cogswell were hired.
- Girls Basketball Coach Sara Schafhauser-Wright; Boys Basketball Coaches Andrea Mackey and Charlie Holmstrom.
- Bantam Hockey Coaches Ken Gernander, Matt Troumbly, and Josh Woodley.
- Peewee A Hockey Coaches Alex Troumbly, and Blake Trboyevich; Peewee B Aaron Troumbly and Bay Zuehlke.
- Squirts Hockey Coaches Steve Sertich, Andy Sertich, Justin Hammer, Kevin Thorson, Tyler Nielsen, and Bill Mandich.
Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and Basketball programs are all progressing smoothly. The exceptions were the cancellation of two Peewee tournaments because there were not enough teams to compete.
SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 2021 (Combined Report)
- Flag Football had a successful season with 35 players, beautiful weather, and concluded with fun playoffs between 4 teams.
- Ice was in, and ice programs began on October 11.
- Hockey has 143 players. Tournament dates have been posted.
- Figure Skating has 75 skaters.
- Basketball arrangements are in process.
- Shannon Persons and Melissa Drake have been hired as concession managers at the arena. [ed: this fell through]
AUGUST 16, 2021 START OF THE NEW YEAR
- The Squirts tournament was won by Lone Pine.
- Flag football notices will go out the first week of school; there will be a meeting that week and the six-week program will begin the following week.
- Registration for ice figure skating will be in-person on September 20 and 22 at the arena.
- Greenway Sports Complex's fields had their first full season use of the new irrigation system and it was very successful.
- Two Concession Managers will be hired for the upcoming season; search in process.
- New flooring in the arena's lobby is almost complete.
- The "Coleraine" ballfield is cleared out and ready for next spring's conversion to a parking lot for the arena.
- GJRA re-elected the current officers for another year.
- The 2021-2022 budget was approved; increases in capital outlay were made, i.e. parking lot; inquiries are being made for COVID-19 reimbursements.
JULY 19, 2021
- The Little Raiders competed during the fourth weekend in July in the Greenway / Deer River / Nashwauk-Keewatin / Remer baseball playoffs. The Bulldogs placed first and the Panthers, second.
- The Squirts tournament will be the last week of July; Lone Pine vs Coleraine is scheduled for Wednesday, 7/28.
- Fastpitch season is wrapping up with the junior playoffs coming soon.
- Hockey training on a dry rink, three times a week from July 13 to August 5, is being offered, free, to mites, squirts, peewees, and bantam players. Thirty players are participating.
- Signs posted No Smoking and No Vaping will be installed at the Greenway Sports Complex.
- Concessions were not offered last year at either the arena or sports complex, but arrangements are being made to provide them for the upcoming sports seasons.
- GJRA will offer the same lease to ISD 316 as in the past year; no increase; no changes.
- The ball field that adjoins the grounds of the arena will be eliminated to make more room for parking.
- The 2022 levy will increase by 5% [$16,500] to account for the parking lot expansion, and to build the arena's roof-replacement fund.
- July 31st ends the fiscal year; the August meeting will include the budget committee's recommendations, and the annual election of officers.
2022 Levy = $346,500
2023 Levy = $350,000
2021 - 2022 budget = $481,500
2022 - 2023 budget = $482,800
Who is Pat Guyer?
Read Pat's interview by the Grand Rapids Herald~Review when he was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Pat lives in Trout Lake Township and has worked for Greenway Joint Recreation Association since 1990.